Current Projects


Professor Keith Bentele: 2016 Principal Investigator, A Tale of Two Recoveries: Understanding State-level Trends in Market-generated Poverty, Poverty Relief, & Overall Poverty Following the 2001 and 2007-09 Recessions. Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality's New Scholars Grant. $10,000.

Professor Philip Brenner: 2013–2015 Principal Investigator, Investigating Bias in Survey Measures of Religious Behavior Using Cognitive Interviews. The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Jack Shand Research Award. $5,000. This research uses cognitive interviewing to investigate the source of bias in survey measures of religious behaviors.

Professor Philip Brenner: 2014–2017 Principal Investigator, Characterizing Nonresponse Error Across General Population Survey Data Collection Modes. National Science Foundation, Division of Economic and Social Sciences. $308,225. This research project will advance knowledge about nonresponse error introduced by different modes of data collection for a wide variety of survey measures.

Professor Xiaogang Deng: 2014–2015 Principal Investigator, Examining Effects of Guanxi Networks as an Informal Institutional Factor on Corruption in China. Harvard University, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. $25,000. This project examines why social relationships are fundamentally important to the understanding of corruption in the Chinese context.

Professor Stephanie Hartwell: 2013–2016 Co-Principal Investigator/Lead Evaluator, MISSION-IRAPS (integration, re-entry and peer support). Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Second Chance Act. $75,649. This project assists medium- and high-risk offenders with co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions re-entering communities in greater Boston.

Professor Stephanie Hartwell: 2014–2015 Investigator, A Culturally Appropriate Mindfulness Intervention for Survivors of Homicide: A Community-Based Participatory Research Project. NIH / National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, $5,180.

Professor Stephanie Hartwell: 2013–2016 Lead Evaluator, Boston Offender Needs Delivery Program. SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services, $75,000. Creating a specialized re-entry program focusing on vocational services for ethnic minority men and women exiting prison.

Professor Stephanie Hartwell: 2014–2015 Lead Evaluator, Intergenerational Justice Program. Vigorous Interventions In Ongoing Natural Settings, Inc. (prime: Massachusetts Department of Correction), $20,000. Continuing the development and implementation of a comprehensive process to prepare families of offenders and victims and their community supports, such as social service providers, for re-entry across the state.

Professor Andrea Leverentz: 2013–2016  Principal Investigator, The Influences of Place in the Desistance from Crime and Reintegration of Adult Former Prisoners. National Science Foundation, $315,411.

Professor Russell K. Schutt: 2012–2016 Co-Investigator, Improving Outcomes for Homeless Veterans with Peer Support. Veterans Health Administration, $84,400. (Prime award: $1,098,060.) This research investigates the value of peer support for improving housing retention and other outcomes for homeless veterans with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Professor Russell K. Schutt: 2015–2016 Co-Investigator, Graduate Assistance for Improving Outcomes for Homeless Veterans. Veterans Health Administration, $30,908. (Prime award: $1,098,060.) This award funds a Doctoral student to assist with research investigating the value of peer support for improving housing retention and other outcomes for homeless veterans with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Professor Kevin Wozniak: 2015-2016 Principal Investigator, Racialized Cues and Support for Justice Reinvestment: A Mixed-Method Study of Public Opinion. W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship for Research in Race, Gender, Culture, and Crime. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, $144,329. This project uses racial priming theory to test how exposure to racialized cues, such as the words “welfare” and “inner-city,” affect people’s support for justice reinvestment, a policy initiative to reduce prison populations.

Professor Heather Zaykowski and Professor Stephanie Hartwell: 2011–2015 Co-Investigator and Consultant, Ending Chronic Homelessness Through Permanent Housing, Integrated Treatment, Case Management and Peer Support in Western and Central Massachusetts. U.S. DHHS/SAMHSA, $128,457.

Professor Heather Zaykowski: 2013–2016 Lead Evaluator, REACH Co-Occurring Disorders & Continuing Treatment Project. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, $104,910. This program is designed to address the high prevalence of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders identified in juveniles referred for substance abuse treatment.

Professor Heather Zaykowski: 2015-2016 Principal Investigator, Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Community Safety Initiative - Local Action Research Partner Grant. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security, $118,426. This program provides strategic, analytic, and research support to the CSI site of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Professor Heather Zaykowski: 2015 Principal Investigator, The Effectiveness of Alternative Programs in Juvenile Justice: Central Region Reception Center Program Evaluation. Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. $25,000.



Professor Sofya Aptekar: 2015–2016 Principal Investigator, Medical gatekeepers: Civil surgeons and the mandatory medical screenings of immigrants to the United States. UMass Boston Healey Grant. $7,500

Professor Bianca Bersani: 2015–2016 Principal Investigator, Ethnic Identity and Self-Esteem as Mechanisms for the Intergenerational Disparity in Offending across Immigrant Generations. UMass Boston Healey Grant. $6,942.

Professor Megan Klein Hattori and Professor Jackie Lageson: 2015–2016 Co-Principal Investigators, Study of Sexual Exploitation in Boston. UMass Boston Public Service Grant. $10,000.

Professor Stephanie Hartwell: 2014–2015 Co-Principal Investigator, Developing a Culturally Appropriate Mindfulness Intervention for Inner-City Survivors of Violence Through Community Engagement. UMass President's Office Creative Economies Award. $25,715.

Professor Leslie Wang: 2014–2016 Principal Investigator, Bridging Global Superpowers: Return Migration of Second-Generation Chinese American Professionals to China. UMass Boston Healey Grant. $7,500.

Professor Leslie Wang: 2015–2016 Principal Investigator, Examining Mental Health Stressors of Newly Arrived Asian Immigrant Families in Boston. UMass Boston Public Service Grant. $10,000.

Professor Leslie Wang: 2015–2017 Principal Investigator, Transnational Parent-Child Separation Among Chinese Immigrant Families in Boston. UMass Boston Proposal Development Grant. $22,700.

Professor Kevin Wozniak: 2015–2016 Principal Investigator, Exposure to Images of Police-Civilian Interactions and Public Opinion about Law Enforcement and Government: An Experimental Test. UMass Boston Healey Grant. $11,954.

Professor Heather Zaykowski: 2015–2016 Principal Investigator, Youth-Police Dialogues: Examining the Long term Impact of the YW Boston Model. UMass Boston Public Service Grant. $8,771.